The arrival of the Lunar New Year brought a bevy of politicians to the Vancouver Art Gallery today (February 3).
They were there to celebrate the launch of CIBC LunarFest, an 11-day extravaganza coinciding with the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit.
The organizer, Charlie Wu of the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association, quipped in his introductory remarks that 11 days will be a cakewalk compared to the 37-day long installation of lanterns along Granville Street during Vancouver's 2010 Olympic celebrations.
In addition to the politicians, a large crowd showed up to witness the world's largest lantern aquarium ever created outside of Taiwan.
Sculptors Hung Hsin-Fu and Chen De Lung, both of whom are famous in Taiwan, were on hand. Hung gave the Straight a tour of the lantern aquarium—known as Paper FantaSea—which featured 300 paper sculptures in a darkened room, recreating the feel of being out in the ocean.
Hung will be on hand in the tent outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Friday (February 4) between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to demonstrate how he creates his elaborate paper sculptures.